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Disable Ctrl+Alt+Del String?

  1. #1


    San Diego
    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise

    Disable Ctrl+Alt+Del String?


    Does anyone know how to disable completely the Ctrl+Alt+Del string in Windows 8? I'm not talking about editing the options once the screen comes up, but completely disable it so that no screen pops up...Please help!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    I think with NT it was set in stone it could not be circumvented. At least I never heard of a bypass that worked.
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  3. #3


    San Diego
    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    I think with NT it was set in stone it could not be circumvented. At least I never heard of a bypass that worked.
    Thanks for the info Miles
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  4. #4


    This old article claims to be able to do this in XP:
    Securing Windows For Use As A Kiosk - Northcode Inc.

    I have not tried this and do not know if it will work on more modern systems. Try at your own risk.
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  5. #5


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    The only way to do it, is use the Pro version of Windows 8 and use a GPO. Any way to disable ctrl-alt-delete in windows 8.1 â
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    Posts : 73
    w7 pro - ( Server 2012 build 9200 ) - Server 2016 - Mint 18.2


    You can, although 8.1 Enterprise does not use Ctrl Alt Delete by default.
    None of the retail Windows 8.x use Ctrl Alt Del. It is still there if you press Ctrl Alt Del.
    Server uses it.

    Run > secpol.msc >
    Local Policies >
    Security Options > follow down to Interactive Logon: Do Not Require Ctrl+Alt+Del

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  7. #7


    San Diego
    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Thank you all for the information. Let me give a little more info... The machine that I am trying to accomplish this on is a HP thin client with Windows 8 embedded. I am setting it up for an employee of my organization so he may use Citrix, and what I am trying to accomplish is to make it so once he is logged into Citrix, the ctrl alt del string does not bring up the menu....hope this added information helps
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    w7 pro - ( Server 2012 build 9200 ) - Server 2016 - Mint 18.2


    That appears to be an issue with Citrix. Windows 8 embedded on a corporate network is a different matter.
    The 3 fingered salute may be necessary.
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  9. #9


    San Diego
    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Maybe my best option is to go in and remove the options on the 3 fingered salute screen....just not give the user the ability to click on anything...
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    64-bit Windows 10
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